INFORMATION ON GRAMPIAN 7.9 DISCOVERY BOATS COMPLETED AFTER GRAMPIAN MARINE CLOSED
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The Discovery boats completed after Grampian Marine Closed have a number of differences from the "stock" Discovery:
- only one window. There are a set of Discovery blueprints that show the front smaller windows. Seems the Seaforth builder never installed them. (by the way, St.Mary's and Seaforth and Vanastra are all small towns near Sarnia.)
- It is believed that a person in Seaforth bought the moulds from Grampian and built hulls. Ken Gehrels is the owner of one of these Discovery boats. The unfinished, bare hull was sold to Bob Carswell in Sarnia in Winter of 1986 . He did all the millwork, installed windows, and put on deck hardware, mast and boom. His bills for screws, teak, fibreglass, foam, cloth, compression post, boom, mast (a mirage 27 mast), sails, etc. are in the possesion of the current owner. Bob launched this boat as Tryst in 1987 but never cruised in it. Just raced it on Lake Huron for 20 years. Never connected the head or finished the fresh water plumbing. Fabric & cushions are as good as new. It is suspected that no one had ever done an overnight in this craft.
If anyone is interested, the name, phone number and address of the Seaforth, ON fellow who bought the stuff from the Grampian receiver can be obtained but it is not guaranteed that it is still current. There is also a brochure which he relabelled "Seaforth Discovery Spaceship 27" instead of "Grampian Discovery Spaceship 7.9." Everything else in the sales brochure is identical.... except the marketing address, of course. Helps to put the wraps on the end of the Discovery's history, post-Grampian.
There are some other differences from the "stock" Discovery 7.9's -
- Carswell installed a stainless steel compression post
Ken Gehrels has made a number of further changes and improvements to his Discovery:
- installed electric brakes on the tandem axle trailer
Thanks to Ken Gehrels for the information and photos